The Monstrous Movie Clip Of The Day: General "Buck" Turgidson (Dr. Strangelove 1964)



Written By: Ken Hulsey

Only a film maker like Stanley Kubrick could turn a subject like mutually assured nuclear destruction into one of the greatest black comedies of all-time called "Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb". Okay maybe the idea of reducing the surface of the Earth to radioactive wasteland isn't all that funny but the cast of characters with their fingers on the shinny red button assembled by Kubrick are undoubtedly the greatest menagerie of kooks ever seen in any film.

The best performance in this sea of absolutely amazing performances (including Slim Pickens and Peter Sellers in multiple rolls) comes from none other than the normally very serious actor George C. Scott who plays the over-the-top American general "Buck" Turgisdon.

Imagine Scott as "Patton" ... okay now imagine Patton out out of his mind, horney and amped up on energy drinks and See's candy ... that's "Buck" Turgidson!

A little more info:

General Buck Turgidson is a rabid anti-communist American general that consults the President on how to deal with the crisis in Dr. Strangelove. It becomes rather apparent that Turgidson is not "all there" and more than a tad ignorant. Turgidson sees the escalating conflict leading to world destruction as a game and does not see the real impact of nuclear holocaust.

- IMDB

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  1. George C Scott originally gave a restrained performance as General Buck Turgidson, and Kubrick asked him to do a few practice takes where he deliberately overacted. When these practice takes were what appeared in the final movie, Scott was angry, and vowed never to work with Kubrick again. Eventually though, Scott conceded that it was one of his favorite performances.

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  2. George C Scott originally gave a restrained performance as General Buck Turgidson, and Kubrick asked him to do a few practice takes where he deliberately overacted. When these practice takes were what appeared in the final movie, Scott was angry, and vowed never to work with Kubrick again. Eventually though, Scott conceded that it was one of his favorite performances.

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